Explore Kyushu - Culture and Activities

Visiting the beautiful Kyushu

Hi, I’m a thirty something Asia fanatic, visiting the beautiful Kyushu with my Japanese wife on my third trip to Japan - this time going late August in 2013.

Here are some of the highlights of my trip...


Wikipedia “Ryokan (Japanese inn), a type of Japanese inn similar to a bed-and-breakfast”.

Describing a Ryokan as a Japanese version of a bed and breakfast is a travesty. The Ryokan, especially the one I visited (Yammaainoyado Kiyasuya), is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of modern living. In the Ryokan you have time to think, time to breathe and to bathe in hot spring water. Simple luxuries that are easily lost in today’s fast passed world.

Yammaainoyado Kiyasuya

The building itself is all on one level; a collection of rooms and hot spa’s connected via a covered walk way. Everything is wooden and traditionally Japanese, harking back to a simpler time and its Edo period heritage. If a Geisha had darted from one room to another it would not have looked out of place.

There is a natural rhythm when using a Ryokan of resting, bathing and eating and even if you cannot speak or read Japanese it won’t take long to fall into the rhythm. When you check in, your luggage will be taken care of and you will most likely be given a cup of hot green tea. Sit back and relax and when you’re ready you’ll be taken to your room.

Yammaainoyado Kiyasuya

Take off your shoes at the door and exchange them for the room slippers. Don’t be alarmed that you can’t find the beds; they are stowed away until later. First you will notice the silence. Then you will notice the faint sound of running water; that will be your personal, natural, hot-spring bath (onsen) (make sure your room comes equipped with the private onsen when you book).

Private Onsen Bath

Once the very friendly and attentive staff have delivered your luggage (of course no tip is expected), then take your time to explore the purposely simple and spacious rooms. You will find a subtle blend of traditional furnishings mixed with today’s modern comforts, including the wonderful control panelled Japanese toilet. The beds are held in the cupboards and the staff will set up when you are out exploring the grounds, having dinner or in one of the public Onsens.


futon bed

The meals are spectacular in terms of the sheer volume of perfectly prepared and arranged dishes that are served (see Food entry above). This is very much a part of the whole Ryokan experience. The traditional food, the traditional rooms, the traditional bathing all combine to create a truly authentic Japanese experience.



Miyachiku (teppanyaki restaurant)

Fukuoka city, Hakata ku, Nakasu 5-1-1
Jpark Nakasu Building 2F
Tel: 092-262-2914

Lunch: 11.00 -14.00 (Last order)
Dinner: 17.00 - 21.30 (Last order)

Takachiho Gorge

Boat Hire
¥2,000 for 30 minutes (max 3 people per boat) between 08:30 to 17:00 (Mon-Fri),
with bookings stopping at 16:30.


Miyazaki-ken, Nishiusuki-gun,
Takachiho-cho Iwato 1073-1

Japanese inn 'Ryokan'

Where to stay in Kyushu

Kyushu Guide

Tours in Kyushu